February 2018

  1. Understanding the Colorful Magnetic Muon

    Understanding the Colorful Magnetic Muon
    As we discussed in a previous post, “Magnets & Photography,” art and magnets don’t often cross paths. But when they do, they make for some stunning pieces. Artists Nathalie Kalbach and Urii Guchenia at the Chicagoland Nathalie Studio have created a stained glass representation of the magnetic field inside the Muon g-2 (“gee minus two”) experiment at Fermilab. Continue reading →
  2. Magnets Keep It Clean: The Wonderful Cleansing Properties of a Magnetic Grid

    Magnets Keep It Clean: The Wonderful Cleansing Properties of a Magnetic Grid
    Imagine waking up in the morning and shuffling over to your coffee maker. You pour yourself a hot cup, and then reach for the sugar. As you spoon the sugar out of the bag, you notice something shiny. It’s a tiny shard of metal, and if you had been any sleepier this early in the morning, there’s a good chance you would’ve swallowed it.  Continue reading →
  3. Vase Cleaning the Magnetic Way!

    Vase Cleaning the Magnetic Way!
    Spring is right around the corner and as the age-old saying goes, “April showers bring May flowers." Flowers can add an extra decorative touch to your home this time of year, but keeping your vases clean is important for many reasons. Vase cleaning can help eliminate the odors that come along with the standing water as well as extend the life of the flowers. Continue reading →
  4. DIY Magnetic Medal Count Board

    DIY Magnetic Medal Count Board
    We are in the midst of the 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. Although the United States might not be panning out to be one of the top countries in the medal count, it’s still fun to commemorate this special occasion and celebrate the accomplishments of athletes from every nation. This DIY Magnetic Medal Count Board is the perfect way to continue celebrating the Winter Games. Continue reading →
  5. Magnets in Mining: Protecting Precious Goods

    Magnets in Mining: Protecting Precious Goods
    You’ve likely seen the enormous, heavy-duty machines used in the mining industry. It’s a tough line of work that employs equally tough people and machines, including trucks as big as houses. As demanding of an industry as it is, mining also requires rather delicate machines. Sure, the machines used to tear through the earth are built to be extremely durable, but the processing equipment used afterwards is quite similar to the equipment you’d find in many factories around the world.  Continue reading →
  6. Valentine’s Day String Art: A Magnetic DIY Project

    Valentine’s Day String Art: A Magnetic DIY Project
    We all know the feeling of panic when scrambling around for a last minute Valentine’s Day gift. Valentine’s Day, after all, is a holiday specifically geared toward displaying your love and affection for your significant other (and other loved ones in your life). Finding the perfect gift that has purpose and meaning can be difficult in today’s world of cheesy cards, unoriginal flower bouquets and been-there-done-that boxes of chocolates. One way you can prove your love with gift-giving is to create a DIY gift. Do-it-yourself projects not only make great presents, but are often more meaningful than buying one in a store. Continue reading →
  7. Superionic Water May Have Given Neptune and Uranus Their Magnetism

    Superionic Water May Have Given Neptune and Uranus Their Magnetism
    Superionic water is just the latest discovery in a long line of astronomical magnetic anomalies. From the magnetic surface of Mars to the fact that Jupiter’s magnetic field is the largest single entity in the solar system, each planet orbiting our sun has a unique magnetic quirk. The two farthest planets from the sun are no different. Neptune and Uranus have some wacky stuff going on with their magnetic fields. Let’s take a closer look. Continue reading →
  8. Magnetic Personalities: Neil deGrasse Tyson

    Magnetic Personalities: Neil deGrasse Tyson
    An astrophysicist by trade, Neil deGrasse Tyson has become something of a pop culture icon over the past few years. He is perhaps best known for acclaimed miniseries Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, which was a revisioning of his mentor Carl Sagan’s program of the same name. Tyson’s long and accomplished career, coupled with his celebrity have made him and ambassador for science to curious people of all ages. Continue reading →
  9. Monopoles: What Water Tells Us About this Rare Phenomenon

    Monopoles: What Water Tells Us About this Rare Phenomenon
    Researchers have long wondered about the existence of magnetic monopoles, but have never been able to find it. However, help has come from an unexpected, yet very familiar source: water. Continue reading →
  10. Magnets and Matter; Arts and Science

    Magnets and Matter; Arts and Science
    We tend to think of magnetism in relation to solid matter. From the neodymium varieties we deal with, to the largest galaxies, magnetic fields are usually tethered to the tangible realm. However, as our following examples demonstrate, there is plenty to discover in liquids and gases. Furthermore, it is not only the scientific community that benefits from magnetism's relationship with various matter. There are plenty of magnetic forays in the art world as well! Continue reading →

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